Who else is always trying to achieve that ever desirable “natural glow”? We’d all like a piece of that pie right? Then read on sister as you just may want to give this turmeric face mask a try. Turmeric is meant to provide lustre to the skin leaving you with an all natural glow.
I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt are you? Let’s get our hands dirty (even if it means locking the bathroom door and ignoring the “what are you doing?” needling) and give this Tumeric a shot!
I LOVE Selfcare Sunday! It’s become a regular feature on my instagram profile and I’ve recently dedicated this day to a super fun series called “Pantry Face Masks” which features quick and easy DIY masks that you can create at home with ingredients you already have in the pantry or fridge. No need to go out and buy a whole lot of fancy ingredients if you’re just after something spontaneous and fun!
So today we are going to reach into our kitchen pantries and mix together a honey and turmeric mask that helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, acne scars and hyperpigmentation.
6 Benefits of Turmeric for Skin Care
I was introduced to the idea of using Turmeric in a face mask by a fellow skin care addict @notjustcreams so I thought I would give it a go, but before conducting this mask, I needed to do some of my own research into the golden spice as a potential skin care ingredient. I’ve been very aware of the rising popularity of Turmeric in skin care, and as it happens it’s been used in therapeutic preparations in different parts of the world over the centuries so there must be some truth to the claims right?
I had never used it on my own skin before, so I needed to know the potential risks as well as the benefits it could provide me, and if I should be adding it to my mask armoury. Here’s what I found:
Reduces Hyperpigmentation: The presence of Vitamin C in turmeric helps to improve uneven skin tone, dark spots and hyperpigmentation giving it its famous “brightening” quality that it’s well known for.
Gently Exfoliates The Skin: When used as a mask, turmeric makes for a wonderful exfoliating agent, removing dead skin cells and leaving your skin feeling silky and smooth.
Prevents Acne and Future Breakouts: Turmeric contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, these properties in particular can help provide the skin with a natural “glow” reducing the appearance of acne scarring and preventing bacteria in the skin that may contribute to acne or infections. This combination may help clear your face and prevent any breakouts.
Protects Against Sun & Age Damage: Curcumin, a natural antioxidant found in turmeric, protects the skin from free radicals and helps prevent loss of elasticity due to long term UV exposure, this slows down the signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles.
Brightens Dark Circles: Stimulates circulation, which can help reduce puffiness and under-eye darkness caused by poor blood circulation.
Soothes Dry Skin: deeply hydrates, soothes and revitalizes skin while alleviating symptoms of dryness which is fabulous news for those of us with dry or aged skin!
As you can see this humble spice has many beauty benefits and can easily be found at your local grocery store, and regular use of turmeric can give your skin a radiant glow!
Risks of Using Turmeric For Your Skin
Always perform a patch test when trying new ingredients on your skin, so if you haven’t used this spice before apply a small amount to your forearm and wait 24-48 hours to see if any irritation occurs. If you’re allergic to the spice, then direct skin contact can cause irritation, redness, and swelling, obviously avoid using it if this happens during your patch test.
Also Turmeric can temporarily stain your skin leaving it a bit yellow, this is normal, I am just making you aware so you don’t do this mask right before you go out for dinner or something like that ha!
OK now we know the benefits and potential risks, let’s dive into this simple DIY face mask recipe shall we?
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How to Make a Turmeric Mask
Here’s what you will need from your pantry and fridge, credit to @notjustcreams for the recipe base!
Ensure that the yogurt you use has no added sugars, and is plain full fat greek yogurt, the probiotics in the yogurt help to balance surface bacteria, the lactic acid in the yogurt will help gently exfoliate, the fat in the yogurt will hydrate, and the honey will help soothe, calm, and kill bacteria.
If you want a vegan version of this mask, replace the honey with aloe vera gel by preparing the aloe vera directly from the plant, cut a piece and removing the skin then placing it in a food processor (thanks to @notjustcreams for this tip)
- Mix all ingredients together and apply using your fingertips over a clean face and neck avoiding the eye area, or you could just use it as a spot treatment.
- Relax and let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes, the mask will start to dry and harden.
- Once dry, rinse off the mask using warm water, gently move your fingers around your face in circular motions to further exfoliate.
- Follow this with a toner or floral water and then finish your favourite facial oil.
Turmeric Mask FAQ:
Does turmeric mask stain skin?
It can do, but this is normal. If the stain doesn’t wash away with the water rinse, try using milk, and avoid leaving it on too long next time round. And ensure that you only buy pure, organic turmeric (like this one) as some turmeric can be altered with synthetic colours which will stain and potentially harm your skin. Tip: wear gloves when applying your face mask to avoid your fingers turning yellow as well.
How often can you use a turmeric mask?
You can use this particular turmeric mask 2-3 times per week.
If you give this recipe a try, make sure to pop back and let me know how you went, or if you have any questions about this DIY let me know in the comments below!
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